Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix 2019

Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix 2019 The FIDE Hamburg Grand Prix is taking place in the Kehrwieder Theater in Hamburg, Germany.  November 5-17 2019.  The 16-player knockout is the 3rd of four legs of the 22-player Grand Prix series that will determine two places in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Each round… Continue reading

2017 Ch Showdown / Rnds 19-30 & Carlsen-Ding Rnds 5-10

        For the Championship Showdown it was Game in 5 minutes (12 games). For Carlsen vs Ding it was Game in 20 minutes (6 games).   Dominguez/So So So Draw So So Draw So Dominguez So Draw So Dominguez Caruana/Grischuk Caruana Draw Caruana Grischuk Draw Caruana Draw… Continue reading

2017 Champions Showdown / Rounds 5-10

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Remember The Speed Involved Today – Day 2.   The results were all over the place – unfortunately so was the quality of play.   Dominguez/So Draw Dominguez Dominguez So Dominguez Draw Caruana/Grischuk Draw Draw Caruana Draw Grischuk Grischuk Nakamura/Topalov Nakamura Draw… Continue reading

London Chess Classic 2016 / Round 9 / Final

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.     FINALLY !  Topalov wins a game (the only win) in the last round.   “GCT London Chess Classic 2016”[Round “9”]White “Aronian, Levon (ARM)”Black “Topalov, Veselin (BUL)” 1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6.… Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Day 3 / Rnds 5 & 6

  Hikaru Nakamura   Not a good tournament so far for Fabiano Caruana.  He tried Lasker’s Defense in the Queen’s Gambit against Hikaru, played what appeared to be a dubious gambit of the ‘b’ Pawn, and then suffered trying to make something out – well – not much.  There was… Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Day 2 / Rnds 3 & 4

     Veselin Topalov who made such a big splash in Round 1 by taking out Fabiano Caruana, made a big splat in Round 3 by losing to Hikaru Nakamura – in 14 moves.   As he “so horribly” misplayed this opening (rather well known), makes me rethink whether yesterday’s… Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Round 1

       The Champions Showdown is now being played ( 10-14  November, 2016 ) in St. Louis between Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.  They are competing in three different formats.  Two classical round-robins (60 min. + 5 sec. delay) Two rapid round-robins (15 min. + 5 sec. for each… Continue reading